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Phantom usage of my hard drive.

Question: Phantom usage of my hard drive.

I have a 120GB hard drive; when purchased it was already partitioned, 60/50/10. The 50 partition is called "D" drive, which is completely empty, according to explorer, but when viewed through properties, it only displays 40GB as available and 10 is in use. Does anyone have an explanation, why?Cheers!

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Preferred Solution: Phantom usage of my hard drive.

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Answer: Phantom usage of my hard drive.

Make sure that your windows explorer is set to display hidden and system files and look again. If this does not help then drop down to DOS and type "DIR D:/S" without the quotation marks and see if anything shows up.As a last resort (and you are very sure that there are no files your computer needs on drive D) you could always format it and see if that solves your problem.

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Question: Phantom Hard Drive

I have two physical Hard drives. One is formated into two partitions, "C:" and "D:". The other drive is one partition, "F:".

In "My Computer" I should have three hard drives.... but I don't. I have five.

The "E:" drive is 7 Megabytes- I know I would never create a partition that small.

The "G:" drive is - get this - 0 bytes in size. When I try to open it, I get an error that says "G:\ is not accessible. The Parameter is incorrect."

So where did these drives come from, and more importantly, how do I get rid of them?
Thanks,

Nick
 

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive

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Hello, new here... Running Win ME on a Duron 1600Mhz...

Transferring all that oul' Vinyl to mp3, so bought a 320 Go External USB drive. It appears in "My Computer" as D: , but also as F: Now, this wouldn't be a problem, as the two drive letters have identical content, but I've been losing files - they become corrupted and no longer play.

In My Computer > Properties > Performance I'm told:

"Drive D is using MS-DOS compatibility mode file system."

Then, in "Details":

"This problem often occurs on more than one drive. Usually it is caused by a driver listed in the Config.sys file that Windows Millennium Edition does not recognize and that is related to the message Compatibility mode paging reduces overall system performance. If you see both messages, see the Help for the Compatibility mode paging reduces overall system performance message first.
If you only see the message Drive X is using an MS-DOS compatibility mode file system on one drive, that drive is using an MS-DOS compatibility (real-mode) driver, which might reduce that drive’s performance. Contact your hardware manufacturer to see if an updated driver is available for your drive. If not, the drive’s performance might be less than optimal, but you can still use it."

Should I modify Config.sys? I don't want to lose all those Gb of sweet music...
 

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I got a message the other day about a secondery IDE channel going missing device, I lost the message but couldn't find anything obviously wrong with my computer..... Today a message about hardware being installed appeared. When I looked for something new I couldn't find anything. I've not added anything. I was suspicious and looked at my disc management and found an enormous 1636568GB phantom hard drive. What is going on?

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Hi everyone,

I have reinstalled Windows 7 this morning, on my Samsung evo 840. Everything is ok, but one of my hard drive is recognize as a system hard drive, and I just can't even see it somewhere else that on the Disk Management.

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Moreover,if I remove it, my pc don't start. I don't know how this happened and what should I do. Someone got an idea?

Edit : Thank you Layback Bear

Answer:Phantom System Hard Drive?

Welcome to the forum Cabu.

Please use this tutorial Brink to post snap shot/pictures.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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First of all, sorry for the long post, anyway, to set the scene, a friend gave me his computer which would not boot, he asked me to repair it if possible and to check his Antivirus and Windows 98SE was up to date. The boot problem was solved by replacing a defective modem and I then updated his AVG 6 to AVG 7 and proceeded to install some Windows updates, everything went well and the system was running well and without problems, so far so good.The problem started when I booted into safe mode and proceeded to carry out a defrag of drive C, which, according to windows, hadn't been done for 1347 days. Initially defrag kept saying there were errors on the drive and that I would have to run scandisk, scandisk was duly started and did find, and supposedly fix, some errors. A restart to windows threw up an error loading user.exe saying "You may have to reinstall Windows".I rebooted and on starting to load safe mode the system reported errors on drive C and automatically ran scandisk in thorough mode. This reported some "Bad sectors" and eventually ran to completion before loading to safe mode.Whilst in safe mode if I try to run a defragment or AVG I get the following error after a short time, Fatal Exception OE @ 0028: C00078C0 in VXD VMM(01) 000068C0.I have downloaded the Maxtor Powermax software, as drive C is a Maxtor, I have run the 90 second test, the advanced test and a number of burn-in tests and all report the drive as healthy, ie no bad sectors as claimed by scandisk.I stil... Read more

Answer:Phantom? hard drive errors

Try Diskeeper Lite click here

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I am working on a friends computer and I have come up against a very interesting problem:

The computer is a Compaq Presario 5700T with a 13 gig HD and 256 RAM and it is... well, was running Windows 98 SE.

I tried like crazy to rescue the Windows 98 installation (if anyone knows a good program for that I would appreciate being pointed in the right direction for that) but I found that I could not and I had to Killdisk the HD. Now... here is the interesting part: Killdisk shows two different HD's but physically there is only one 13 gig HD. The first disk shows up as the 13 gig and the other phantom disk shows as a 7.5 gig. The 7.5 gig drive isn't a partition that I can tell because when I ran Partition Magic it did not detect a second drive and besides I wiped the 13 gig drive clean. Killdisk also shows two floppy drives but there is only one.

My questions are this:

1. Could this phantom floppy drive and second HD be a BIOS problem? If so, how do I correct that? (Getting into Compaq BIOS settings is harder than breaking into a vault) And can I backup the current BIOS in case an update fails?

2. I also need a reliable program (preferably free) to detect all of the hardware in this PC so I can install the proper drivers. HP has them on their site but this is a refurbished PC and I just cannot tell if the HP drivers will work or not.

3. Is there something that I am overlooking as a potential cause?

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Phantom Hard Drive and Floppy Drive

Compaq BIOS is F10 right after the "Compaq" flash screen.

I seem to remember there being an 8GB limit on harddrives at one time. Maybe the 7.5 ghost drive is a BIOS workaround.

It's been a very long time but I'm almost positive that Compaq Bios Updates automatically backup current settings to the floppy you use to update. You can later choose to restore. Also they do a check before updating to make sure you have the right version/disk. You can try it and abort at the last step if unsure.
 

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so i have a windows 7 laptop, and ive had it for, going on 3 years now. so the problem is that over the last 6 months it is like the data contained on my hard drive, well despite being what i would call a techie, i cant find the right word for expands. so over this period of time the data on my hard drive expands. this invisible unaccounted for expansion consumes nearly 50 GB of space. it used to go away daily when i shutdown. but now progressively it has become stuck to the drive. i thought it might be a virus or malware, but it has a clean bill of health from my antivirus (comodo), and MalwareBytes.
maybe someone here knows what this problem is called so i can do further research, or better yet has a solution.
if you have any solutions or questions ill do my best to answer.

Answer:Phantom data hard drive problem on Windows 7

Try out "Folder Size" to visually find big files as a start: Folder Size

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When I select all the files on the drive it says I have 60GB worth of data on it, however if I right click on the drive in My Computer it says that there is 84.8GB in used data. There aren't any hidden files or folders on the drive, the files are compressed in drive cleanup, and the drive is freshly defragged used O&O. I don't know what this phantom 25GB is thats taking up space on my drive but its a lot of space that I'd really like to have access to. This drive isn't the system drive, its used solely for data storage, so I'm at a loss.

Anyone have any ideas what is going on?
 

Answer:Windows XP - 25GB of phantom data on hard drive

I see this a lot on compromised XP systems.

Check the hidden/system folder "Recycler" on each drive. Enter each drive from a command prompt and try "dir /a"

Also... http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Alternate_Data_Streams.html
 

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I've noticed a large amount of downloading/uploading going on through my LAN (ie, 1 Mb in 5 mins) when it should be idle. I've read the stickies and followed the directions given.
Here is my HJT log. I do not use IE, by the way, unless necessary. I use Firefox. So anything I can remove pertaining to that I would like to remove.

Thanks in advance for looking at it and taking the time to evaluate it.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:36:16 PM, on 2/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\tcpsvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

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Hello and Welcome. Please subscribe to this thread to get immediate notification of replies as soon as they are posted. To do this click Thread Tools, then click Subscribe to this Thread. Make sure it is set to Instant Notification, then click Subscribe.

Before beginning the fix, read this post completely. If there's anything that you do not understand, kindly ask your questions before proceeding. Ensure that there aren't any opened browsers when you are carrying out the procedures below. Save the following instructions in Notepad as this webpage would not be available when you're carrying out the fix.

It is IMPORTANT that you don't miss a step & perform everything in the correct order/sequence.

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I don't see much showing in that log, we can try to see what may be the cause by running some diagnostic tools. First, though....

You don't seem to have a firewall program installed. Using a third-party firewall will allow you to give/deny access for applications that want to go online. Select one of these, or another of your choice: Comodo Personal Firewall
ZoneAlarm
.

Then do this:
Download combofix.exe to your desktop.
Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.
When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Post that log in your next reply.
Note:
Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall

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I am constantly downloading things 24/7 I reboot the computer every day but then immeditly begin downloading again. I have a generic hard drive that came with my computer. My question is, does this usage of my hard drive break it down?I realize that a hard drive will break down over time anyways but am I significally breaking it faster or are hard drives designed to withstand that load?

Answer:Does 24/7 hard drive usage break down hard drive

well you would figure...since it is mechanical...it has moving parts...and like any other thing with moving parts the more it's used the faster it will go out....but thats just my theory

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Hi!
When I use my computer suddenly my computer freezes for couple minutes. I noticed that my hdd light is constantly stays on (like as power light stays on) and my recourse monitor disk usage is 10mb/sec its not usually like this. I formatted my laptop installed my drivers and my basic software like foxit reader, avira antivirus, MS office etc. But this occurred again same day right after I formated my laptop. That driving me crazy. Can you suggest anything why this happening?

Answer:Hard drive over usage

To make sure your HDD is OK, run a chkdsk /r in an elevated command prompt.

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My laptop (Lenovo Y510p) is always at 100% disk usage for the first 15-20 minutes of starting up, and for intermittent periods afterwards. During this period, everything essentially freezes including the Start Menu, Task Manager, and all other apps running. After about 5 minutes, the hard drive "catches up" and everything starts working again.

The strange part is that when looking at Task Manager / Resource Monitor, the total read/write of the hard drive does not appear to be very high - ie it will be at 100% disk usage but the highest program is reading/writing maybe 0.1MB/s.

This is causing the laptop to become borderline unusable. I have to leave the laptop running in order for it to be usable, as shutting it down / putting it to sleep will cause the hard drive to go back to 100%, and everything comes to a standstill. Please help!

I've attached some pictures which should illustrate what's going on hopefully.

Specs: Lenovo Y510p, 2 years old, running Windows 10 Home 64-bit (upgraded from Windows 8.1).

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Question: Hard drive usage

I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?

Answer:Hard drive usage

Indexing and defragging when the system is not under load. Also prefeteching applications and caching them into RAM so they launch quicker the next time you need them.

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Question: hard drive usage

Hi several days ago I checked my hard drive capacity showing 54.6 GB Free of 80 GB capacity
Next day when I checked again it was showing 11.7GB Having not installed or downloading anything?!!
My computer is a Dell OptiPlex GX620 Running Windows7.
Would appreciate any comments------Could it be a faulty indication or a hard disc virus?
 
Regards
 
bigals07
 
 

Answer:hard drive usage

Two things you can easily do:a. Use a tool like WinDirStat - http://download.cnet.com/WinDirStat/3000-2248_4-10614593.htmlto see what files are taking up space, how much, and where.b. Run the chkdsk /r cmmand, which will check the file system and accurately summarize your partition free space.Louis

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Question: Hard drive usage

I installed Windows XP Pro when I had Windows XP Home. And now I found that I've almost totally used up my hard drive. I assume that when I installed the updated version of Windows I didn't format the drive correctly. Here's my question: how can I remove the old operating system with losing everything and having to start all over.
 

Answer:Hard drive usage

You will need a program like partition magic, i will try to find you a free one. ed
Do not delete the active partition.


try this,

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Partition_Logic_d4780.html
 

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I had recently built a custom PC with the following specs:

CPU - i7 6700k @ 4.5GHz
GPU - Palit GTX 1080 Jetstream 8gb @ 2100MHz
Motherboard - Asrock Z170 Extreme4
Ram - 16gb Viper Elite DDR4 3000mhz (8x2)
SSD - HyperX Savage 120gb
HDD - Seagate Baracuda 1tb
PSU - Corsair CX 500w

The PC is amazing, it performed beautifully in everything I threw at it, the only weak point was Windows 10.. I started to get random OS hangs without cause when playing games or doing general browsing, I thought I had an issue with my GPU or something but it turns out after some investigating that it was a Windows problem as when the hangs would happen I quickly would open task manager and see that my drive usage was at 50% having two drives this meant one of them was under 100% usage and so I wanted to find out what was doing it, I looked into performance monitor and other programs to try monitor usage but nothing other than the typical system process was using it.

I did the normal fixes, disable Superfech and Windows Search etc. Neither helped, I clean installed 3 times, no luck. I even safe booted (As told by Microsoft to do so) and the problem still persisted so that proved it wasn't an application causing the problem it was a Windows 10 problem. I tried upgrading to the latest anniversary edition of Windows 10 and the problem literally got 10 times worse, from what were 2-5 second PC hangs at random throughout the day turned into 10-15 second hangs every 10 minutes.

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I have a Toshiba Tecra TE2100 1.8 GHZ P4 laptop with 768 MB RAM. I purchased an external enclosure for a Maxtor 60 Gig IDE hard drive. After starting Windows XP everything is running normal. As soon as I turn on the hard drive my CPU usage skyrockets to 100% and everything runs incredibly slow if at all and the computer won't shut down. When I turn off the drive things return to normal after about 15 minutes. Sometimes Windows comes up and says the drive is installed and everything runs except for the fact that there is no drive letter, but I believe I found a workaround for this in these forums. If I could just solve this CPU problem I believe everything will be ok. Could these problems be related? I have spent hours trying to figure this one out.
Thanks For Your Help,
A.Leep
 

Answer:USB Hard Drive = CPU 100% usage - Explorer

You should try to fond out what is using 100% CPU. It could be your antivirus program or Windows itself or the USB storage drivers. Could be a damaged filesystem on the drive too. Or maybe the drive is bad..
 

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ive got a 40gb hard drive and i am running low of hard drive space. i then deleted a gb of space. after an hour my hard drive has gone back down to 400mb. i dont know why that happens as i dont download.does anyone know why this is?thanks in advance

Answer:Fast Usage Hard Drive

Are you saying that you freed up 1 Gb of space by deleting unwanted files but now you only have 400Mb of space ?

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This is a new one for me, migrating data from an XP system to a new Windows 7 Home Premium system.  On small drive previous system I always dump the entire contents into a folder for customers in case down the road they remember some strange location where they had some data stored.
 
Windows 7 shows 11.9 GB free of 38.2 GB (approx 26 GB used) connected with an IDE to USB cable, but when I dragged the entire drive to a folder it was only showing about 4 GB worth of files.  Discovered the user had made files private trying to implement a "secure XP system". I took ownership at the drive level for all subfolders and objects and still am only seeing 16 GB of files . . . somewhere are 10 GB of missing data.
 
The XP system is not bootable so I can't do a comparison on the actual running system either.
 
User is a bare bones knowledge user and I don't see any evidence of a TrueCrypt installation. 
 
Comments? Questions? Any thoughts appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive usage discrepancy

Another oddity, if I CTRL A and right click at the root of the XP drive I see 50,148 files and 5,320 folders, but if I drag everything that is selected to a folder on the Windows 7 drive the dialog box reads copying 3,889 items (1.64 GB) . . . 

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i recently installed a new hd (120G seagate sata) on to my system. the first thing i did was to transfer some 22gigs of media files to it. of course, it took almost two hours. i noticed that this transfer used at least 50% of my processor (P4 3ghz) throughout. i wonder if there is any way to do such a transfer and circumvent the cpu. any input is appreciated. cheers.
 

Answer:hard drive to hd transfer w/ less cpu usage

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Hi All,

I have a customer with W10 that is next to unusable.

Is there something out there in the Windows 10 world right now that would cause 100% hard drive usage, slowing a computer down to a crawl?


I found three anti viruses duking it out and fix that.  But CPU goes to 100% (system) and drags the computer to a crawl. Pulling the power plug resets it for a while.


I have not found any root kits or the like.

I am wondering if this is one of M$'s endless full rebuild updates?

Any words of wisdom?

-T

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I have a system with a P4 processor, 1 gig of RAM, XP Pro SP 3 that seems to run OK except the hard drive is constantly hammering away. I have good AV and SpyWare programs installed. I will be doing nothing on the computer and the HD is busy doing something.
Is there anyway I can tell what the HD is doing or why it is in use so much????
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Julian
 

Answer:Hard Drive usage question

How big is the drive?
When was last time you defragged?
 

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I am request info on a better way to back up external hard drives. we would like an automatic back up that would back up new files on a daily basis.

Currently are running Windows 7 home edition,500 gb on a 64 bit laptop. we have approximately 3.5 t< A 1.5t,a 1t,a 500gb,a 320gb, and a 250gb external drives in addition to the 500gb drive on the laptop> of external storage< hard drives, no server as of yet>. We currently save mainly Pictures and art for digital scrappingbooking.

It seems that no matter how many external HD we get they fill up rather quickly.< 3 to 6 months>.

Is there a way to set up software to automatically update new files daily?
I am considering a 2 t external for a back up to the current drives we have.
All of the family pics have been saved to these drives, so a loss we not be good.
We tried mosy but the uploads seem to always get stopped by our Internet provider, because of size.

I appreciate in advance any advice that can be offered
 

Answer:external hard drive usage

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Back-up-your-files
make sure you schedule
 

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I am looking for a way to get real time data on what is accessing my hard drive. I know about the indexing problems out there with windows but it hate that the only real way to tell if your hard drive is being accessed is to look at the light on the front of case (I think).

Anyone of a monitoring tool for this purpose?

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard Drive usage utility?

Hi

Could try Process Monitor monitors read write access on a HD and what location. Use Show File System Activity from top menu and un-highlight the other options, its the four icons top menu towards the right.
 

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I have a Dell AMD 3800 2gh 2g RAM 240g HD and something is filling my hard drive to capacity and I cannot find out what. I recently installed Carbonite and it appears to be running fine. We noticed that some recorded TV shows suddenly disappeared and when looking found the hard drive within 3g of being full. I started backing up and deleting video and picture files and I will notice that space being freed up on HD but then it fills back up again without us saving anything. This morning after deleting files I had 9.4g free but right now it only shows 5.97 free. I did empty recycle bin. I tried to run CHKDSK but could not as it said I needed higher security. I am the Admin on Vista Home Premium so should be able. Can someone help me through the steps to check what is happening. Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Hard drive usage full

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First time I have been stumped to find me hard drive, to see how much space is usedPut me right someone.

Answer:XP looking for hard drive space usage

click onmy computer,select your hard drive,right click on it and select properties

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Hey guys!
Please don't bash me for posting this (as I can see others have posted about it also). I just want to make sure I can get as many ideas as possible, before I do a clean install/new hdd.
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I am helping a family friend fix their desktop. It is only about 3 years old and has a AMD quad core processor, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD(500GB used) - They also have a smaller 2nd HDD - Though I am not sure what the contents are for. They told me the computer has been running very slow since October.
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So I did my usual computer cleanup steps:
1. Malware removal (Spybot, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Hitman Pro, Emisoft Emergency kit) - All in safe mode - nothing serious found.
2. Ran CCleaner (Cleaner,Registry,Startup) / Deleted temp files
3. Checked for unwanted programs - found none
4. Google Chrome is their browser - no plugins/extensions to remove
5. They have AVG Internet Security, scans only at 9pm everyday
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At this point, I still felt the computer to be very sluggish - After looking at task manager, I noticed that the disk was always at, or close to, %100 usage. **No 1 process was hogging it all**
**Decided to let Defraggler to Defrag the PC - And that is where I am at now** (Gives me time to research/jot down things to try - will be doing further work remotely on the PC(Teamviewer))
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**Things to still try**
1. Disable Windows "Superfetch" --services
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My PC crashed recently taking a lot of files with it, including a nifty little program that showed at a glance what percentage of hard drive space each of my progs were taking up.Now my PC's running again I want to re-install the prog but can't remember its name,can anybody jog my memory duh..

Answer:Hard drive usage percentages

Treesize? click hereFew more similar free ones: click here, click here, click here. G

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According to Windows 7, my SSD that is 128GB has 100GB used. WinDirStat says that only 52.8GB are being used. How can I figure out what is using the additional space??

Attached are screen shots of what Windows says and what WinDirStat says.
 

Answer:SSD Hard drive disk usage

Interesting, never saw an EFI partition like in your pic.

Maybe that accounts for the discrepancy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EFI_System_partition
 

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Answer:Cpu usage 100% with external firewire hard drive

Hi, I've got a problem with an external firewire hard drive (a Lacie d2 drive). When I try to access the drive in explorer (just browsing through the files and directories) the cpu usage rockets to 100%. Shortly after that explorer freezes, and cpu usage goes back to normal when explorer is shut down. Needless to say that the external drive is pretty much useless for the time being. I reinstalled the OS and the necessary drivers but the problem persists.The computer is a recent one with Win XP as OS. The motherboard only has USB 1.1 support so I bought a firewire-USB2.0 combo card. I just can't get the Lacie drive to work on that computer. The same external hard drive does work normally on another computer (also Win XP as OS, but with a firewire expansion card).If anyone could identify what the problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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Hi all,

My vista box is getting a little slow from time. Like everything freezes on the computer, and then I have to wait a little bit and it comes back. Often this happens when firefox has been used for a while. I'm not sure if this is firefox's entire fault, so I was wondering what free program is out there that I can use to monitor what application is accessing the disk. I tried googling but just found a bunch of hard drive monitoring (temperature, fail rate, etc.) programs.

Thanks,

Z
 

Answer:application hard drive usage program

You should be able to use the resource monitor built into Windows to see what programs are writing to disk.

Third party utilities are available as well, such as ProcessMonitor and FileMonitor.
 

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Hiya All.Does anyone know why my "C" partition should show a much higher usage than expected.Right click on Properties on C shows a size of 4.3gb, but when you property each individual folder within the drive you only get 2.0g.System Restore is turned off as soon as I re-install the op sys.Are there hidden files on the drive being created some where...?I have show all files in the tools option switched on.Am I missing the plot somehow or the other.Many Thanks for any Help.

Answer:C Hard drive showing high usage.

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Hi everyone,
I was wondering where all my hard drive space has gone today, and I wondered if a program that could show you what was on the hard drive existed. Kind of like a pie chart of your hard drive - each segment belonging to different categories.
Does something like this exist? It would be great to know where all the space has gone so I can delete some rubbish.

Answer:Program to show you hard drive usage?

Take a look here: SequoiaView

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The last couple of days my pc's hard drive has been turning/running without any stop as long as the machine is on. I have not insatlled any new software or hardware in a long time.

I've run the following scans:
1) TrendMicro's HouseCall (online) which didn't come up with anything.
2) SpyBot: nothing
3) Ewido anti-malware: nothing
4) Microsoft's malware program: nothing
5) Microsoft's virus scan (using OneCare Live Beta)
6) Ad-Aware: found 1 Tracking cookie (a data miner, IECache Entry)
7) Windows Defender is running all the time
8) I've deleted all cookies, emptied temp files and IE temp files
9) I've performed disk clean-up using Windows disk clean
10) Did disk defrag last Wednesday
11) Performed Norton on-line virus scan: nothing
12) Performed Norton on-line security scan: nothing

Any idea what else I can try?

I have Windows Desktop Search installed, but even when I stop it from running, my hard disk continues to run so I don't think this is the issue.

Tor-Eddie
 

Answer:Hard drive always running - high CPU usage

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thanks....

Here's what I am working on.

Dell: P-233 Latitude Laptop

Here's what I have done:

I got this computer used. I formatted the hard drive first, then I went into FDISK.
I noticed that when I hit Diplay info it shows this:

Partition: C:
Status: A
Type: Pri DOS
Mbytes: 2047
Usage: 66%

What Im concerned about is why does it show 66% usage? Does this mean it is only using 66% of the Hard drive? And if so how do I set it to get 100%?
When I set the percentage to l00 I notice it will still say only 66%...

Thanks......

Also: What WIN operating system in your opinion would work best with this computer being only a P233? I see it says it was built for WIN95/NT....

thanks again
 

Answer:Dell P-233 Laptop - Hard Drive Usage says only 66% - Need Help!

Sounds like you used an old version of FDISK or you did not enable large disk support when it asked in FDISK. Windows 95 at first only support a 2 Gig partition. Later versions support bigger partitions. What Windows are you using? If 95 you will have to just create an extended partition and format it. If Windows 98 you must use the windows 98 Fdisk to delete and create a new partition and don't forget to enable large disk support.
 

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Hello all :)
Our son recently bought me a new computer, a Dell XPS 8920.  Though I've read about and watched some YouTube vieos, and not being a computer guru, I'm having a difficult time understanding how to set up the OS (C) & D Drive.  I realize you cannot download a ton of programs onto the OS (C) and have to revert to the D Drive.  Especially if one uses a lot of photoshop programs like I do.  I believe I understand you can set up a Folder on the C Drive that will direct to a specific program on the D Drive but, I'll be darned if I can figure out the process?
Anyway, is there a book, something online, I can download so as to understand how this Drive system differs from the standard C Drive when it comes to downloading multiple programs?  What I have found is short on details and seems to presume one knows a lot about computers...which I do not.  I wish the new PC had come with a users manual of some kind.  So, any help will be greatly appreciated so I can finally start using this XPS properly.

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Hello all,

I couldn't determine whether this is being caused by the OS or the Hardware, but here goes. I recently decided my HD was due a reformatting. I transferred files my clean (virus-scanned) files onto an external HD and back again after reinstalling Windows XP (SP2).
Reinstalled the most crucial drivers first, and whilst reinstalling various applications, I saw a small notification pop-up in the bottom right informing me that my C drive is running low on storage, then again soon after informing me it's critically low.

Bringing up the properties of my C drive displays the following:

Bringing up the properties of the contents of the C drive (including hidden and protected operating system files/folders) displays the following:
I also opened up disk defragmenter to see if that had anything to say which might help, and though it reports the same inaccurate usage for C, in the top pane, the graphical chart seen at the bottom would indicate that around 50% of C Drive space is unused:
I've never encountered anything like this before and really have no idea how to further analyse the problem; any suggestions apprechiated, thanks.
 

Answer:Incorrect Hard Drive Usage Being Reported.

What files?

Was it just data files or all of the files on the old supposedly clean drive like Windows, program, and data files?
 

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My laptop is running slow and the battery drains too fast, and the hard drive just starts going constantly sometimes; it's half-full (out of 320GB), I've already cleaned up, defragmented, run virus scans with various anti-virus products, and something is just dragging it down. I can't tell if the hard drive is dying or a bunch of programs are sucking up resources (like anti-virus).

I only know how to use Task Manager, and I'm not seeing how to track usage over a day or so.

Is there something I can use? What would be the best and what are some other good ones?

(Note: I've used Process Explorer but I'm not getting much more valuable information out of it)

Answer:Program to track CPU/RAM/hard drive usage over time?

Well you could take a look at ProcessLasso

You'd need to configure it not to restrain some processes though.

Here's a couple of screenshots.



The most often restrained processes:



Some features are not available in the free version like this for instance:

https://bitsum.com/docs/pl/Using%20t...i.htm#watchdog

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I have the same problem. Disk C: properties show 108 GB are used but Treesize for example shows only about 84 GB are used.

Attached are two files that may help and the 3rd is coming soon.

Thanks for any help,

Yair

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Hard Drive Space Usage

And here is the 3rd file.

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Hi there,

I am having a problem with explorer.exe. When I click on certain folders in My Documents, the CPU Usage rockets and it takes ages for the next page to materialise. This is most frequently happening when navigating around my External HD, which for reference is a 320GB Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB. I have defragmented the C: an D: drives of my computer, despite the fact that the analysis reveals that I don't need to. I have run Spybot S&D, which says that I have nothing malicious to worry about on my computer. Finally, even though I have disconnected my external HD, the slowness has spread to my main hard drives.

I would very much like to know what is going on, and hope that someone might be able to help me. I have attached my HijackThis log file.

Kind regards,
Nyapsta.
 

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So I have performed a complete wipe of the laptop, formatted it, did a clean install of Vista Business. Installed all the drivers, added all the hotfixes, Windows Updates, etc. I then stopped all non-essential startup items, so that only these startup: Services:AD Monitor [fingeprint related service]AuthenTec Fingerprint Service [fingeprint related service]Data Transfer Service [fingeprint related service]ThinkPad PM ServicesInstallDriver Table ManagerOn Screen Display Applications:TPHOTKEYTpShocks Why is it, my hard drive accessing light constantly blinks. I've left my computer on for a few hours, come back, and it still blinks once a second. Why is the hard drive being accessed so much? Is it a specific driver? I could only assume that's got to be some wear on the ball bearings, I never had this problem with my T60.





_______________________________________________________T400 6474-11U, Vista Business 32-bit, Core2 Duo P8400, 4GB DDR3, 160GB HD

Answer:[T400] Constant Hard Drive Light Usage

Hi number65, I could only assume that's got to be some wear on the ball bearings:-) Most hard drives have now switched to fluid bearings for the disk spindle. I don't know what sort of bearing the actuator head pivot has, I assume simple sleeve bearing? In any case, the hard drive activity is unlikely to prematurely wear out your drive. Unless you're noticing user interface slowness or battery drain or bothersome noise caused by the hard drive activity, you can safely ignore it. On the other hand, if you want to track down what's causing the hard drive accesses, some of the tools from Sysinternals may help. In particular:AutorunsProcess ExplorerProcess Monitor   





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I have recently purchased and installed a new hard drive. It is a WD Caviar 16MB cache SATA 2 7200rmp 250 GB. (running as SATA 1 because mother board only supports SATA 1). I have noticed that it is horribly slow when the drive is being written to, also the processor usage spikes to 80-100% during the writing. I have concluded it's just during the writing because the computer boots fast and seems just fine when reading from the drive.

I have Windows XP installed, and running the latest updates. The driver for the the HD is a Windows SCSI driver. I have looked on the WD website for their driver, but have not had any success finding it. The only software that came in the retail box is the WD Data Lifeguard application, but it doesn't have an option for installing drivers.

I've read some posts about DMA and PIO settings, but I'm not sure if that only applies to IDE drives.

Thank you in advance for the help.
 

Answer:Processor usage very high when writing to hard drive

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It seems no matter what i am trying to do, computer always uses hard drive. I have Internet Explorer 8.0 open with 4-5 tabs and everytime i switch tabs it takes at least 30 seconds to switch and all this time hard drive is loading. Or for example i opened tab with YouTube video fully loaded and paused it. After a while i return to it to resume playing and then this loading starts. And this does not happen with Internet Explorer only. It seems computer does not use memory or maybe 1Gb is not enough? What is strange is that when application is loaded, it responds well for some time but later as time passes it starts to load slow and computer seems to use hard drive a lot.Please take a look at my Task Manager below:What do you find strange here? Is it too many handles? Maybe Page File is too high?Here is a screenshot of processes running sorted from processes taking most memory to least:Laptop Specs:Intel Centrino Duo T2400 1.83Ghz1Gb Ram80Gb Hard DriveGeForce Go7400

Answer:Slow Performance And Frequent Hard Drive Usage

Sort the processes tab in task manager on the cpu column and see if some process is spiking. If not, try a clean boot and work backwards (Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (disable everything from loading) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming process, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.)

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I'm working on an Acer Power FV that has been shutting off "randomly". Ive stress tested the CPU, and GPU, and tested the RAM in Windows. I tested those components at the same time, multiple times, and it only powered off once. I also scanned the RAM with a bootable utility without any problem. But the system has powered off every time I have scanned for viruses with various softwares. It also powered off immediately when I "logged in" using the recovery console on the CD and another time when I was scanning for bad sectors with the CD. I scanned the drive in a different computer with Symantec and was reported as clean. I'm hoping its the power supply. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Note: I will be away from the Acer until monday.
 

Answer:Solved: System powers off in relation to hard drive usage

A test for the power supply would be to swap in a known good power supply. If the problem is still present then it is likely not the power supply. Though I do suspect the power supply as Acer is not known for using high quality power supplies in thier systems.
 

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Hey there, so I've just been looking at my old desktop PC and i was looking into the system restore settings and seen that 12% of disc space is reserved for restore points. i've changed this 10% now as the PC barely gets any use anyway, will that be ok? (Equates to about 10GB)
 
I also noticed that my 2nd hard drive was enabled for system restore... However, this drive only has media on it, no programs, no operating system nothing, just music files.  Now my question is, can i use this drive for system restore points even though the OS is not installed on it? The Reason I ask is because i have a lot more free space on this drive...  If not, should I just go ahead and disable monitoring on that drive?
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:System restore disk space usage and using on a 2nd hard drive?

First of all yes, 10% is fine. Second, system restore keeps it's files in a hidden folder named "System Volume Information", and there is one of those folders on each drive on which System Restore is enabled. Last, the system restore points for any given drive MUST be stored on that drive.
 
Personally, I'd suggest disabling system restore completely and using disc imaging software instead.

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My computer normally sat idle with 2% of the CPU being used. For some time now, the computer sounds like the hard drive is racing, and the CPU is being used 50% of the time.

I'm attaching a screen shot.

I think I understand that if the system idle program were at a high value, that would mean exactly that, the system was idle for most of the time.

The System is showing about 50 on the CPU tab (mem usage is 36k)
The System Ide Process is showing about 50 on the CPU tab (mem usage is 28K)
At the bottom of the Windows Task Manager it states the CPU Usage is 50%, with 55 processes running.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Racing - CPU at 50 percent usage when no applications are running

Also cannot get my computer to shut down it just hangs, so I have to unplug it to get it to shut down. (I"ve left it on all night to see if it would shut down, and it won't)
 

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Hey guys, I am running Vista on an AMD Phenom X4 9150e with 4gb ram. My hard drive is constantly running and chugging away pretty good too, reading rather than writing i believe. My cpu and memory usage are quite high and my system is running relatively slow for doing simple things like opening a browser. I have attached a screenshot of the system resource monitor with basically nothing running but hijack this and a browser. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have run scans with malware bytes and adaware, as well as AVG which all come up clean.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:14:54 AM, on 10/11/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18813)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DAEMON Tools Pro\DTProShellHlp.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Windows\SysWow64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil10b.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://ie.redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TYPE=3&tp=iehome&locale=en_ca&c=91&bd=Pavilion&pf=cndt
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start P... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Constantly Running, High resource usage

Anyone?
 

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Hello. I've got a very strange problem on my hands here. I recently upgraded my case and to go with my new case I got a SATA Sony DRU-190S DVD-writer to replace my IDE writer. After completing the transfer to my new case I noticed that my hard drive light was flickering every second. It was pretty noticable as the Antec 900 HD light is very bright.Upon investigating further I noticed that lsass.exe and csrss.exe were constantly producing many I/O reads and writes to the hard drive. After googling lsass.exe and csrss.exe I discovered that these two processes have caused other Windows users to experience the same problem, but every cause seems different e.g. A virus, CPU utilization issue, corrupt profile etc. and I couldn't find one that matched mine.I managed to find a thread that mentioned a Microsoft service called Terminal Service, which I disabled, and that seemed to tame lsass.exe. The problem is csrss.exe remains and is reading the hard drive many times an hour causing the hard drive to flicker every second.I found a thread that told me to use Disk Monitor and Process Monitor together to try and capture what exactly is accessing the hard drive. Unfortunately I couldn't get Process Monitor to work it just came up with an error 'unable to allocate memory with a block size 4000', I tried googling that error but found nothing that could fix Process Monitor. I tried using filemon and process explorer, but its not really giving me the information that... Read more

Answer:lsass.exe and csrss.exe causing constant hard drive usage

Quote from: Man_With_Beard on July 12, 2008, 05:08:33 AMHello. I've got a very strange problem on my hands here. I recently upgraded my case and to go with my new case I got a SATA Sony DRU-190S DVD-writer to replace my IDE writer. After completing the transfer to my new case I noticed that my hard drive light was flickering every second. It was pretty noticable as the Antec 900 HD light is very bright.Did you have this problem in your 'old case?'I'm a literal reader! Does this mean that the only hardware change was the external case and the Sony DVD, i.e., you put the old motherboard, video, harddrive, etc, into the new case? What about power supply?Is this computer on a network?Does the computer exhibit any 'problems' - slowness, etc.Have you tried to create a new user profile per the MS article that you referenced? (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555021)Have you verified that the only copies of the two files are in C:\Windows\System32?The more info that we have the better chance of finding a solution.

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HP Laptop, Vista, IE. 80 Gig Hard drive was 37 gig full just a few months ago. Now it's 71 gig full. I didn't put anything into it. In fact, I uninstalled several programs.

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive usage goes from 37g to 71g with no added programs installed

Have a look at what is taking up the space using this tool - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize...download.shtml

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Hi today i restarted my computer after playing some games and using the computer i also yesterday played
a simple game just minecraft and my cpu reached 95 celcius is this dangerous? also the ghz for a reason went weird to 1,80 to 2,90 and today its using too much cpu for anything i open google chrome goes 80%+ cpu usage and this never happened before maybe i should do a system restore or something? what can be that issue i also tried to click on something on windows 10 on the start menu and took around 6-8 seconds or chrome 10-15 seconds after taking 1 second before what happened? please help im gonna also service the computer in 15 days just saying thank you all

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Hi today i restarted my computer after playing some games and using the computer i also yesterday played
a simple game just minecraft and my cpu reached 95 celcius is this dangerous? also the ghz for a reason went weird to 1,80 to 2,90 and today its using too much cpu for anything i open google chrome goes 80%+ cpu usage and this never happened before maybe i should do a system restore or something? what can be that issue i also tried to click on something on windows 10 on the start menu and took around 6-8 seconds or chrome 10-15 seconds after taking 1 second before what happened? please help im gonna also service the computer in 15 days just saying thank you all

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Hi Peeps,
I recently had to delete a very large file (about 55 gig) from my hard disc but although the file seems to have gone the space it occupied still seems to be full.
So I've got a 55 gig hole in my hard drive I want to get back.
I've tried deleting temp files & recycle bin, it doesn't do any good.

Please help!
 

Answer:phantom file on hard disc

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

What type of file was it?

It wouldn`t happen to be a virtual drive would it?

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

Note: I generally use the freeware Alex Nolan DriveMan to see the current assignments.
My normal CD/DVD drive, the only one on the puter, runs fine on the F:, and shows up as about 3.4 GB.

I used the WebDav facility in DriveHQ to create an H: drive for the DriveHQ interface.

While DriveHQ has a very nice file manager, by using the WebDav assignment I could have Syncovery or any backup program work directly. That worked fine.

On reboot, I am shown the H: as now being a visible CD/DVD drive with no information and 0 bytes. Thus the WebDav attempt on initiating gets "The local device name is already in use".

Is there a reason why this CD/DVD phantom drive shows up? Is there a WebDav communicating with OS problem?

Afaik (checking visually, Driveman originally, Belarc, etc.) there really is only one CD/DVD.

Any help appreciated as to why this drive appeared, and my best plan of action. (Theoretically I could just change the WebDav assignment and see what happen. Or perhaps delete the CD assignment? However, I would like to get to the root of the issue.)

Thanks!

Steven

Answer:webdav drive assignment got taken up by phantom CD drive

Just go to disk manager and change the drive letter to what you want it normally only changes if something new is added or removed

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Dell Inspiron 3487

Note: I generally use the freeware Alex Nolan DriveMan to see the current assignments.
My normal CD/DVD drive, the only one on the puter, runs fine on the F:, and shows up as about 3.4 GB.

I used the WebDav facility in DriveHQ to create an H: drive for the DriveHQ interface.

While DriveHQ has a very nice file manager, by using the WebDav assignment I could have Syncovery or any backup program work directly. That worked fine.

On reboot, I am shown the H: as now being a visible CD/DVD drive with no information and 0 bytes. Thus the WebDav attempt on initiating gets "The local device name is already in use".

Is there a reason why this CD/DVD phantom drive shows up? Is there a WebDav communicating with OS problem?

Afaik (checking visually, Driveman originally, Belarc, etc.) there really is only one CD/DVD.

Any help appreciated as to why this drive appeared, and my best plan of action. (Theoretically I could just change the WebDav assignment and see what happen. Or perhaps delete the CD assignment? However, I would like to get to the root of the issue.)

Thanks!

Steven

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Question: Phantom drive

I have an external hard drive which I keep for downloading torrents. I accidentally disconnected the power supply and when I reconnected it my pc had reassigned the drive letter to a phantom cd rom drive. This drive does not show up in disk mangement so I cant remove it or change the drive letter back to my external drive. does anyone have any ideas how to delete this phantom cdrom drive or change the drive letter on it.

Jiroma
 

Answer:Phantom drive

Here's someone else that is having a similar issue with a 'ghost' drive. Here's that thread:
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=154840
Here's some links to the Microsoft Knowledge Base that may help:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297824/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/825668/en-us
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307079/en-us
I would think that a System Restore to a date before the problem started might help too.
 

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Question: phantom (A:) drive

Suddenly in Windows explorer "My Computer" has changed and is now labeled "4r6y2efvgn" and it shows there is a floppy drive labeled
"2w2wesdd (A) I do not have a floppy drive...

Do you think someone could please help me?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:58:11 AM, on 11/21/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ps2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\gearsec.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
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Win XPMC see's drive D ( sata Maxtor 7B 300S0 ) as a USB (phantom) drive, Tried removing in (Safely Remove Hardware) in tray I get this message "Problem Ejecting Maxtor 7B 300S0 The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped right now. Tried stopping the device again later." Have tried uninstalling in device manager. This works till reboot. Drive C pata seagate 300 gig, m/b asus, 2gig ram, 2 dvd writers sata, cpu intel 3.0
 

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Question: My Phantom Drive

Ok, here's the thing. I gotta drive C. I gotta drive D. My CD drive is E. And my flash drive is F. Within the last 6 hours, a drive Q pops up. I have no idea where it came from. It's an unaccessible 0 byte drive. How can I get rid of it?

Answer:My Phantom Drive

Is it a virtual drive, like a CD drive? Did you recently install any software?

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Question: Phantom BD-Drive

Hello,

Ik have a phantom/copied BD-Drive on my pc, it has copied the last entry in my actual BD-Drive, but it hasn't been removed since I unloaded my BD-tray. It is not accessable, formatable or disconnectable. It is not visible in disk management nor in devices. I have also tried local group policy but that did not work either. Is there anyway to remove a disk or drive in an override fashion?

My sicerest thanks,

Joost Overbeek

Answer:Phantom BD-Drive

Hello durbatuluk. Welcome to the Forum.

I need to ask some questions:
So this phantom device only shows up in Devices & Printers?
The actual Blue Ray optical disk drive - is it an internal drive or an external drive?
And if you select the phantom drive in Devices & Printers and then click on "Remove Device", what happens? (Nothing, an error message "xxx", or it deletes but then comes back.)
Is this PC connected to a Local Area Network?

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Question: ?? Phantom Drive??

OK....here's the deal. My friend's PC (PII 450, 320 MB RAM, Win98SE) had the following installed:

8,4GB HDD
1.2 Gb HDD
Floppy
A combo CD, CDRW (8x4x32, unsure of brand)

The second HDD (1.2GB( was essentially empty, but we decided to fdisk and format it.
I ran fdisk and could not remove any paritions! When I tried a format, it ran just fine.

Now, when I open Windows and right click My Computer, it shows:

A:, C:, D:, E:, F:! But...there are only four drives physically installed!

Device Manger shows no conflicts. I do find that the D: actually has a leter assigned as E...there is no way to change that I can see.

What's the explanation and what's the fix?

Thanks once again!
 

Answer:?? Phantom Drive??

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Question: Phantom USB Drive

Both my Win 10 Pro (production system) and Win 10 Pro Preview versions*list a USB drive (each install is on a separate SSD). There is no USB drive connected and the status code, from what I find, says it is a*"NET" device. I don't have any network connected USB devices. If I uninstall it, in the Device Manger, it will come back either on a reboot or just scan for new hardware.

I posted this before, not on this forum, and never got anything resolved. I had this listed with an old motherboard. I recently upgraded my system to new hardware but the USB device is still listed.

Here are some screenshots from the Device Manger of the Preview system. *My production system shows the same thing.

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Answer:Phantom USB Drive

My thought would be it may not necessarily be an actual USB drive but maybe a card reader in the case as many computers are coming with now, particularly Notebooks. I think the PCI 'connections' on the motherboards are also involved with the USB ports.

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Question: Phantom Drive

I have my data located on a second internal HDD with the OS on another HDD. I backup my data and system on an external HDD using Macrium Reflect in two separate partitions.
I decided to update my data backup. I had to delete the existing backup folder through lack of space (permanently as Recycle Bin was to small) I did a fresh backup of my Data disk to the external drive using Macrium.
Afterwards when I tried to close my external drive via "safely remove hardware" it said that I couldn't as the drive was "currently in use" (I have recently had similar problems in deleting files with a similar response).
As the drive was not in use I had a look at the HDDs in "Computer". I found that as well as the "D" drive there was an identical "I" drive shown. This "I" drive doesn't show in "disk management". I wonder if this phantom drive has something to do with the "currently in use" problem. If so how do I get rid of it? Shutting down and rebooting has no effect.

Answer:Phantom Drive

Take a look at Problem Solved by Frank D in this link and give it a try
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The message "Currently in Use" really means just that - a file (any file) could still be open on that drive preventing it from closing.

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Question: Phantom drive

Vista Home Premium

Just recently had to repair the MBR. Used UltraISO to create a recovery disc for USB. Following the repair the Removeable Disk [K:] used during the repair is no longer recognozed by Windows until a thumb drive is inserted into the USB slot and a new CD Drive [L:] was created, a phantom drive if you will.
Would like some advice on getting the removable disk [K:] back and deleting the phantom drive [L:].
Thank you in advance for any information.

-Mark

Answer:Phantom drive

Right click on computer,manage,disc management,and show us a snip of what is there please.

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Question: phantom drive

Hi
There is a phantom drive on my pc,showing in My Computer as CD Drive (E:).
It is 0 bytes.
Also,when I insert my USB memory stick,it shows a drive full message when I try to move a file onto it,even though it is not full,and does not show as full.
Plus,when I attach an external drive,it initially shows as as a drive with an ISO icon,then switches to a drive icon,plus a CD Drive (F:) appears.
XP pro sp3
athlon XII
4gb ram
I have run all utilities,av,disk check etc.
Thanks.
 

Answer:phantom drive

Look into installed programs. Maybe this is due to a virtual CD/DVD drive configuration: Is Virtual CloneDrive, DAEMON tools, Magic Iso or the like installed?
 
Not sure about the flash drive: Maybe try formatting to recover usability.

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My computer seems to think I have a BD-Rom drive installed (drive F but I don't have a blu ray drive in my PC. Any ideas?

Thanks, Alex

Answer:Phantom BD-ROM Drive

Most likely a virtual drive with Daemon Tools or something that you've set up/had set up.

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Question: Phantom Drive

Ok, this is 2 questions really, and a bit complicated...
I have a laptop with windows 7, and use several plug in external hard drives to store music, docs, movies etc.
A while ago, while transferring files from one external drive to another, I managed to accidentally unplug one of the drives and corrupted it. So I used recuva to rescue what files I could to another drive and reformatted the corrupted drive. I started using the drive again and it seemed ok.
Then, one day I plugged it in and nothing happened. The led showed the drive was working, but the laptop didn't acknowledge it. Having tried several different things I found a suggestion on a forum that I rename the drive. So I went into "computer", found an "unknown drive" and renamed it drive P (it had been drive G). This seemed to work, as my laptop now told me it could see a drive P with about 70MB of data on. So far so good.
Except I couldn't open the drive to view files. And I couldn't format the drive. So I tried unplugging the drive at USB, and this is where it gets odd...My laptop is still telling that it detects a drive P...
So I have a phantom drive on my laptop. It shows as having data on it, but is in fact empty when I open it. If I run recuva on it, it locates some boot files and deleted files, but I can't get rid of these - I can only recuva them to another drive.
So I have two problems: Firstly I want to get rid of this phantom drive, or at least get rid o... Read more

Answer:Phantom Drive

Hello, with just the problem drive plugged in, please open the Computer Management console, and in the left pane, click on Disk Management, wait until it populates, then drag the side and corner of that window so that everything in it is visible, then take a screen shot and post it here.
 

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Question: phantom DVD drive

Hellom everyone,anyone got ideas on this? not easy to explain so bear with me please. In My Computer I can see the drives I have A=floppy C=HD D=cd E=DVD F=HD2 G=DVD.Every now and then at random drive H appears in the list, I dont have a drive H. It "H" appears as a cd drive and if I put a disc into E it will play. It seems like the player does not know whether it is E or H. Not a real problem on its own but sometimes the H drive will take the place of my F drive (secondary HD) so that I cannot access it, usually sorts on reboot but I am puzzled. Hope you got the gist of this, look forward to any suggestions.Ray

Answer:phantom DVD drive

Control panel -hardware -device manager - uninstll the IDE channels the drives are onand then Action -scan for hardware changes, XP will then reinstall the drives and this should overcome your problem.

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Question: Phantom CD Drive

In Windows Explorer I have aquired a third CD drive (:F). I only have two drives D and E and there are no USB devices connected. There is no option to delete, so how do I get rid of it please?

Answer:Phantom CD Drive

It will be created by a third party prog like Alcohol...open progselect virtual drive set the number of virtual drives to 0click OK

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My computer (Win XP SP2 Home) appears to think it has a drive that doesn't exist!The drive is listed as Removable Disk (E:). I have looked at its Properties, and on the General tab it is shown as Used Space 0MB, Free Space 0MB, Capacity 0MB. On the Hardware tab it is listed as ST3250823A. If I click on the drive, I am asked to insert a disk into it.I have checked that it's not my CD/DVD drive, my card reader drive(s), or my USB pen drive. I have a USB external HDD - I recently installed a new, larger hard drive into the caddy, and renamed it drive X: Could this be anything to do with the problem?I've been trying to run the network setup wizard, and whenever it reaches the point where it offers me the possibility of creating a network setup disk, it defaults to asking for this disk to be created in drive E: (the "phantom" drive). There is no option to change drives, so I can't create the disk!Please can anyone explain how I can (a) find out what this drive is, and (b) if really doesn't exist, get rid of it?Many thanks for any advice.

Answer:Phantom drive on my computer

Have you a printer with a built in card reader?

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Hey all, I tried searching for this but couldn't find what I needed.I'd installed a second hard drive F: which died on me.  I removed the hard drive but did not reconfigure the system.I think that screwed something up.  Everytime I try to download programs onto my C: drive, my system says it can't find F: drive.  How do I delete F: from the DOS (or whatever) so I can download programs onto my computer.The computer is a 6/7 year old Dell Dimension 4100 with Windows XP installed.  866MHZ[size=18]Oct 23rd -FIXED !!![/size]

Answer:Phantom F: Drive (Fixed !!!)

I found this in windows help files...To assign, change, or remove a drive letterUsing the Windows interfaceOpen Computer Management (Local). In the console tree, click Disk Management.Where?Computer Management (Local)StorageDisk Management Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Do one of the following: To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK. To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK. To remove a drive letter, click it, and then click Remove.  ImportantBe careful when making drive-letter assignments because many MS-DOS and Windows programs make references to a specific drive letter. For example, the path environment variable shows specific drive letters in conjunction with program names.  NotesTo open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings might also prevent you from completing this procedure. A computer can use up to 26 drive letters. Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives, but you can assign these letters to removable drives if the computer does not have a floppy disk drive. Hard ... Read more

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/518057/extra-drive-shown-in-optimize-drives/ - Hamluis.
 
I also have a new "volume drive" listing which shows needing optimizing, but it won't defrag.   This is Windows 8.1.  It wasn't there prior to the upgrade.  It doesn't show up in Disk Management, .
 
I cannot find this "volume" drive elsewhere.  What to do?  I'm a new member.  Appreciate your time and help.

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Just recently I have have a phantom CD/DVD player take up residence on my 98SE PC! It?s an ?AXV CD/DVD-ROM? and assigned to the drive letter after the existing real CD-RW and DVD items. Tried time and again to remove it through System Properties, even search-and-delete using Regedit, but it appears back there after the next boot-up.Beginning to think it?s some new marketing gag to get you to go and buy the hardware!!! Any ideas on how to get rid of it please?

Answer:Phantom CD/DVD drive appears

Are you sure this isn't a virtual drive created by software like Nero?

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Hi Guys. I have looked but cannot find a solution to this...
My laptop runs windows 7 which is fully up to date and I regularly scan for viruses and malware.
It has a partitioned hard drive (C; and D;) and a dvd rewriter (E).
Despite nothing being plugged into any port it keeps flashing up an autoplay message for drive F; but on clicking the message it says nothing can be found. It is very annoying as if you are typing something you lose the characters typed when the message pops up on screen, which is fairly random and can last up to say 10 seconds. The frequency varies and it can be flashing up once every 20 seconds and then disappear for a few minutes before flashing up again.
If anyone can help I will be eternally grateful.
Thanks for reading.

Answer:Phantom Drive Problem

Hi Jock1e
No card readers, no phone connection, .one wireless HP printer connection.
Device Manager doesn't currently have any yellow triangles only white but I will check again when am being blitzed by the autoplay as its currently gone quiet.

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Question: Phantom SATA drive

My Win 7 64-bit system has started reporting that it has a non-existent external device ST31000528ASASA attached. "Devices and Printers" displays the icon for an external HDD. The "device" reports that it's in use and cannot be ejected.

This occurred after my iPhone failed to find a driver when it was first connected to this PC. Reconnection of the iPhone found the correct driver and I've since performed a correct sync. The "device" survives a complete shutdown and subsequent restart. It would be nice to get rid of it. Any ideas anyone? John

Answer:Phantom SATA drive

Exactly where is Windows "reporting" this phantom HDD? Device Manager? If so, try uninstalling it from there and see what happens.

The drive model you posted should be a SeaGate HDD, but that model doesn't exist according to a search querie.

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Would anyone know why Windows 7 lists "Floppy Disk Drive A:" in the list with Devices With Removable Storage when I don't have a floppy disk drive of any sort - and could I remove it from being shown ?

Thanks

Glenn.

Answer:Phantom Floppy Drive

Go into your BIOS and make sure you have not enabled a floppy.

I have seen the floppy show up on some installs if you are using the Epson 700 or 800 series Artisan printers also and there aint much you can do about that one.

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hello, can anyone please help me with this one please.....a dvd drive has appeared on my computer which I have never owned or had installed. on my computer I have a Lite-On combo dvd rom cd writer (e) and a Lite-On dvd rw (f). now another has appeared in my computer....this is an AXV CD/DVD-ROM SCSI cdrom device (g)....I've never had this drive in my life...don't know where it has appeared from....when I go to device manager and delete it the drive just reappears when I reboot the computer.....any help please...Andy

Answer:a phantom drive has appeared

I think it is a virtual driveIf you have Alcohol software uninstall it and it should disappear.

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I have a phantom removable disk drive (4) G: showing in Computer Management, this is also giving me real hassle as in thread;

Problem: Autoplay System Reserved (G:) error appearing.

In Computer Management there is also a flashing G: or sometimes L: along side the System Reserved partition. I am hoping that removing this phantom drive may fix the problem in the link above.

If I untick Autoplay the problems stop but the drive is still shown in Computer Management.

I have tried System Restore with AV Bitdefender TS 2012 turned off but was unable to complete.

Any suggestions?

Answer:How to remove phantom drive?

Hope this works

Screenshot copy of the Computer Management screen showing Drive 4 Removable gIf only I could!)

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Question: Phantom disc drive

Hi,
I had restore probs and was advise via this forum to not bother with Windows restore, but download a program called "Macrium Reflect".
This is the freeware version...so I cant get help from their forim.
It works perfectly.... except the second time I used it in "Computer" it had created a phantom disc drive.
I have 2 internal hard drives, C and D. C is the operating, drive D is the backup drive.
I also have one disc drive Marked E. The phantom drive is called K
How can I remove this icon?

Answer:Phantom disc drive

I also use Macrium free and I've never had an issue with it creating extra drives. So before trying to delete anything, could you post a screenshot of your disk management (an expanded view.) It's possible that this new drive is a built in card reader on your computer. Or perhaps something else.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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my brother tried to install a cd player (used one with no driver) and messed his comp al up.
I been trying to fix it for him. After hooking up the wires correctly I finnally got it to boot but i get a message
"secondary (slave) dive is not ATAPI compatible."
then is says hit F1 to resume but nothing happens no matter what i hit.
it does recognize the hard drive but is stuck on this slave drive that doesn't exsist

I have disconnected all devices except the hard drive.
i made sure jumper on harddrive is set to master.
i even switche dthe cable from a dual drive to a single drive scsi.

i cant seem to get into the bios set up.
i tried every combo i know F1 F10 Delete shift-F2 still can get it to open up set up.

i took out the battery for a while, reseated the processor, took out and replaced all the ram ( was clutching at straws).

it's a 266 and i beleive he was running WIN95
 

Answer:phantom slave drive

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I have a dvd drive that for some reason will appear in XP an not in the BIOS. I dont think its the PSU exactly. The drive seems fine an it works fine with a usb adapter, also, if I connect it too the motherboard it works fine. I have it connected via a ide card though.
 

Answer:Solved: Phantom Drive

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Hi,
Here's a strange one.

I seem to have gained a floppy drive that is not physically installed on my computer. I am using Win98SE and when I go to My Computer I see that Windows thinks I have a 3-1/2" floppy drive B: I only have one physical floppy drive designated as drive A: I have no drive B: whatsoever. When trying to access this drive B: from My Computer, I lockup. Also, when I try to access drive A: from My Computer, I lockup.

When I looked in Device Manager, all seems well. When I look in the Performance tab, I see that both the real drive A: and the phantom drive B: are in the MS-DOS compatibility file mode.

I can access drive A: from the DOS level when I boot up but the access is extremely slooooooowwwwwww. I cannot access any drive B: from the DOS level.

What is the cause and how do I convince Windows that there is no drive B: and have it allow me to access drive A:?

Thanks in advance,
Dave
 

Answer:Phantom Floppy Drive

Please don't duplicate post.

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?threadid=58634
 

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I have a mysterious drive Q: showing up. I can't do anything with it and it doesn't belong to any physical disk that I have. Anybody know how I can get rid of it? Is there a way to force a rescan of the disks? ... Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 

Answer:Phantom drive showing up

I think you might be seeing the recovery partition, is this partition 100MB in size? If so I bet that's what you're seeing. I've seen this drive partition show from time to time, its hidden normally but then just as soon as I see it it disappears. Maybe I've noticed then installing drivers or something but it always goes away again on its own.

Not sure why you would have your's still showing if this is indeed the recovery partition.
 

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So I just updated to 7229 and I noticed that there's a floppy drive showing up now, which is odd since I don't have one installed.

I found a few others with this incident, however the only responses I saw were all suggestions that it might be the BIOS. Well I knew that wasn't the issue for me, and double checked it just to be sure. Any ideas what else could be causing this? I was using 7100 before and this never happened.

I know that I could just disable it under device manager, but I'm hoping there is a more direct solution.

Answer:Phantom Floppy Drive

I actually have had the phantom floppy since vista, and on 7137 got a phantom CD drive, though I suspect it really is a BIOS settings issue. I'd just wait until RTM to see if it persists, since it's not that big of a deal to disable.

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I have XP Home...this computer belonged to a coworker previously and was on a network (I'm really kinda dumb about technical network stuff.). I cannot place icons on the desktop, on my Start Menu, under All Programs, nothing is listed. I have to go to My Computer, to the hard drive, under program files and try to open things right. The only icons that will stay on the desktop are My Documents (which I can't go to), My Network Places, My Computer, Recycle Bin and

I have an A drive (floppy), a C drive (hard drive) and an E drive (CD/DVD). I do not have the D drive that the following error message refers to. This is what it says every time my screensaver comes on, I try to look at "My Documents", try to add an icon to the desktop, etc.
"D:\Mike\Owner\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or a network. CHeck to make sure the disk is inserted properly, that you are connected to the internet, or your network and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been m oved to a different location."

I'm going nuts over this, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a Dell Latitude 420 and when I click on 'Computer' a Removable Disk (E) is shown to be present as a removable storage device when there is nothing connected to any of the USB ports or indeed anywhere else.
Any attempt to connect to this phantom drive results in a message that there is no disk in Drive (E)
Plugging in other USB storage devices will locate them as (D) then (F)
Any idea as to why this phantom drive should appear to be present, and more imporantly how do I remove it?

Ken

Answer:[SOLVED] Phantom Drive (E)

install any virtual cd/dvd software?
show up in Disk Management?

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In windows 2000 i have encountered an unusual problem. While using windows expolorer to search through my drives i realised that the a: drive was maintaining a list of files from a floppy i had even though there was no floppy in the drive. I refreshed and the files remain. I open one of these files (.doc)and was able to see and edit it as normal, but not save it. The same applied for the rest of the files. I inserted a formatted floppy and tried viewing what should have been a blank screen but the files reappeared. I then shutdown my machine and restarted windows and yes it still appeared with the same files. WHY??? and how do resolve this issue?

Please help!
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Phantom a: drive

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I have a several-part question:

1 - I have links in my "Recent Documents" folder that point to files on the "M" drive and the "V" drive - the problem with that is that there is no "M" or "V" drive on my computer - I have no flash drive, etc. that would take these drive letters. I and one other person have access to the computer, and neither of us use those drive letters for a flash drive, etc. - so my question is - how would files with paths that can't exist on my computer have shown up in the "Recent Documents" list?

2 - Is it possible for files to show up in the "Recent Documents" list without having been opened in a program on the computer? In other words, can a program copy links into the "Recent Documents" list for files that were not opened? If a program saves a file on the computer (even into a temp folder...) but does not open it, can it show up in that list?

Here's the backstory that might clarify - today, there are files in the "Recent" list that do not exist on the computer (it says they're on the "M" drive and "V" drive, which do not exist on my computer...) I checked TweakUI to see if there were "hidden" drives and there aren't any - to be sure I checked Partition Magic and "M" and "V" are available for use, so they do not exist on the machine.

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Answer:Phantom Drive Letters

Sorry for the double post - this is a follow-up to the issue above.

I was told on another forum that it's possible that a program I downloaded did something like this - I was told that it's possible to add links manually (or with a VB Script...) to the "Recent Documents" folder, and that makes sense to me - it's just a regular ole folder, after all.

I was also told that "sneaky" programs could so stupid things like this, but that seem far-fetched to me - who'd make a program that does something like this? It's not like it a virus that damages anything...

I have combed through every inch of my computer - twice - to look for anything even remotely related to the files listed in the "Recent Documents" folder (there were thousands...) and they're no where to be seen - I even ran 4 different "undelete" programs and got nothing.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

J S

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Hi all. My XP Pro box has had this issue for a few years now so I can't remember what I was doing when it started, but here's the deal:

Windows explorer shows six extra fake local disks, drive letters T: through Y:. They all have the red question mark icon next to them, type is "Local Disk" and filesystem type is listed as "RAW". I would really like to get rid of these, preferably without uninstalling software which isn't to blame in the first place.

I have a feeling these were created by some ISO mounting software which I tried at one point (went though quite a few of them before I settled on one).

Device manager doesn't show anything extra, even with 'Show hidden devices' enabled. There is a SCSIVAX controller listed there which I understand is probably Alcohol 120% and that I definitely want to keep. He lives on virtual drive F: anyway so that's not it. I have other similar software installed too but have had virtual drive support disabled in all the others.

I do not have any mapped network drives. Or so Explorer tells me.

I there any way to tell which driver is causing these non-functioning drive letters to appear? And again, I'd rather not go blindly uninstalling things. Besides, if the offending software was still on the machine I would think the virtual drives would be functional.

Thanks in advance!
-core
 

Answer:Solved: Phantom drive letters

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I have Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge72. Every time I boot my PC and a flash USB drive is connected, booting hangs on the very start with a black screen with Lenovo logo. At the same time a LED indicator on the USB drive is flashing continuously, so I think that the motherboard scans it for some purpose. This state is never-ending; only if I remove USB drive, PC continues to boot normally. The USB drive is not bootable, and I have turned off all BIOS settings that let booting from USB. But the problem persists. Could you suggest any solution?

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XP Professional SP3I opened explorer one day and noticed some folders that I didn't create and I knew weren't system folders in the C drive. I tried to delete them. No success. I tried several deletion programs which included remove on boot. No success. I don't believe that they cause or symptoms of a more serious problem. I have tried to remove them in safe mode.I believe that they resulted from a malfunction in a bookmark synchronization program. I don't use it anymore. They irk me. They mock me. They state by their existence that I cannot control my computer. I consider doing a repair install, but hope for a less drastic solution. I have done repair installs in the past and decided it's better just to do a reinstall and suffer the configuration trial to where I like the system.I have C drive and D drive partitions; The C drive is system and programs and the D drive is the My Documents folder. Would a repair install be problematic? If the solution requires work in the registry, I'm experienced. I backup the registry with ERUNT.These are the phantom folders:ALABAMA PersonalComputerDeviceFORUMPOEMREFERENCE SECURITY
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Answer:Phantom folders haunt my C drive

Have you tried unlocker?http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

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